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Mandala

MANDALA

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Crochet Chronicles

I was in Kerala undergoing Ayurvedic treatment( the Indian science of medicine) when I saw this post by my Bubbly and chirpy young friend, Mousumi Rao on a Mandala CAL. I couldn’t take part in it then and so I had a Mandala CAL for my group of crocheters…but my health, which is quirky to say the least..decided not to be amenable and I couldn’t take part that time too…then the sun came up, the birds went chippy, chirp and that rainbow rose and bowed right over me…..everything came together and my fingers went hook,  hook, hook…..and Lo Behold! I did it ……….A Mandala!

You must be thinking why is this so important to me…well……….. it’s culture, heritage, history and it’s also the love for all things Indian, I grow more and more home bound as the years pass along. Mandala is an Indian concept…..tied in very deeply to the Hindu religion.

Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल Maṇḍala, ‘circle’) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a centre point. The first mention of the Mandala is seen in the Rig Veda. It represents,  balance and  harmony between the material and the non material things and aspects of the Universe.

It was later on adopted by  Buddhism, and  now  you see a wide acceptance of this concept by Westerners  as well.

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Abbreviations

ch – chain

ss – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

Materials Used:

Cotton Yarn – 4 ply ; Hook 3 mm

As I used a little of many colours and types of yarn…I would say I used around 200 gms of yarn approx.

I have used Soft Feather’s Nature, Bali Cotton , Laura Knitting Cotton

Method:

Pls Note that the written pattern hasn’t yet been tested.

Make a Magic Ring.

Round 1:

Make 3 ch up; Crochet 23 dcs into the Magic Ring. ss into the 3rd chain of the 3 ch in the beginning.

Round 2:

Crochet 4 ch up;* 1dc in dc ;1ch*; ** until end; ss.

Round 3:

ss in dc;  3 ch up in  the  1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc 2ch 2dc in the same loop; *2dc, 2ch, 2dc in the next 2 ch loop* Repeat ** until you get a  total 12  such stitches then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  4:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch;

*2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch* – Repeat ** until you get a total of 12 such stitches. then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  5:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in three ch loop, 3ch;  2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch  loop; 3ch sc in three ch loop; 3ch *. Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  6:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in sc of previous row ; 2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop; 3ch sc in sc of previous row; 3ch in 3ch loop*. Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals

Round  7:

ch up; sc in the same stitch; sc in each dc and 3chs and 2dc; sc in sc; *8 sc in each stitch in the petal and one sc in sc.*….Total 8 sc per petal…and as you have seen there are 12 petals.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the first chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  8:

ss in next  2 sc; *sc in next sc, hdc in the next sc, dc in each of the next 3 dcs, treble in next stitch, dc in each of the next 3 dcs, hdc in the next sc*,sc in next sc;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  9:

3 ch up; 2 dc in the next 2 dcs; 2dc in each of the next 3 dcs; one dc in each of the next 3 dcs; skip sc; *3 dc in the next 2 dcs; 2dc in each of the next 3 dcs; one dc in each of the next 3 dcs; skip sc;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning. Total – 12 petals.

Round  10:

3 ch, one ch , sk dc, *one dc in dc; one ch , sk dc, one dc in dc;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  11:

3 ch up , *3ch skip dc , 5 dc in each of the next 5 stitches*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  12:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 3 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3 ch; *2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop;  3ch* .

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  13:

ss in dc; 3 ch up in the 1st 2 ch loop of the previous row, dc ,2ch ,2dc in the same loop; 3ch, sc in three ch loop, 3ch; 2dc ,2ch ,2dc in the next 2ch loop; 3ch sc in three ch loop; 3ch *.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  14, 15 & 16:

Repeat row 13.

Round  17:

ch up; sc in next 9 stitches; skip ch, *sc, ch; sc in each of the next 9 stitches*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the first chain in the beginning.

Round  18:

3 ch up, dc in next 3 scs; sk sc; *dc in next 4 scs; sk 1 sc; dc in next 4scs*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  19:

scs all around.

Round  20:

3 ch up, dc in same stitch as the 3 ch: dc in each of the next 6 stitches; 2 dc in next stitch;

2dc each in next 2 stitches,dc in each of the next 6 stitches; 2 dc in next stitch;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  21:

4 ch up, sk one dc, dc in dc, ch; dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, 2 ch, sk dc, ;

dc in dc, ch;  sk dc, dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, ch, sk 1 dc, dc in dc, 2 ch, sk dc, dc in dc;

ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  22:

3 ch up; dc in every stitch all around.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round  23:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first chain in the beginning.

Round 24:

3 ch up; 3 dc in next 3 scs; *3 ch 4 dc in next 4 scs*.

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 25:

ss in next 3 dcs; 3 ch up in the 3 ch loop, 3 dc in the same loop, *3 ch , 4 dc in  3 ch loop;*

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 26:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch  in the beginning.

Round 27:

5 ch up, sk 2 ch, 5 dc  in the next 5 stitches; * 2 ch, sk 2 ch, 5 dc in the next 5 stitches*;

Repeat ** until end of round..then ss in the 3rd ch of 3 chain in the beginning.

Round 28:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch in the beginning.

Round 29: 

one chain up; *sc in the next 12 stitches; 2 sc in the next sc *; Repeat ** until the end of the round.

Round 30:

One chain up; sc in every stitch all around;

ss in the first ch in the beginning.

Round 31:

one chain up; *sc in the next 16 stitches; 2 sc in the next sc *; Repeat ** until the end of the round.

Round 32:

3 chain up; dc in each sc all around.

FINITO

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As you can see the chart finishes at round 28….I have extended to round 32 cos I have a secret agenda…. follow this blog  to see what happens next….:-)

Here is the chart from which I did this Mandala. But I have tweaked this pattern in many places.

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Enjoy doing the piece of sunshine…and as I said…I have plans for this Mandala…………WATCH OUT…..:-)

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BALI VEST

BALI VEST

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Crochet Chronicles

I hooked this vest as soon as I received my order of Bali Yarn from Indonesia. We had ordered this as a group…..and I was at home in India at my parent’s place. It was hard times….cos my dad was very ill and I lost my folder of crochet patterns………My laptop died on me……

The good thing about Bad times are that they don’t last forever…..Daddy recovered, the Bali Yarn came in and my fingers got the crochet twitch….:-))

I decided to make a refrigerator handle cover and after that began this vest……My own Pattern…….

Bali yarn is soft and easy to hook….flexible to use….for those in the USA, America,Europe an Canada….you can order Bali yarn from my  my pal Marilyn Smith who has this site Lyn’s Crafts……catch Lyn here at…

http:/http://lynscrafts.com/yarnstore/

For the rest of the world order from my other pal Iin Wibisono who also deals in this yarn. She sells at Crochet Rock Stars….thru this link….

http:/http://crochetrockstar.com/yarns.html

Having friends high up on the yarn social ladder is great!!!:-D!!!!!

Since I had no thought of making a picture tutorial for this project…I didn’t take any pictures while making this one. So  I hooked up a sample vest….a tiny little piece just to show you how the stitch works up into this pattern. The pictures here are of this sample vest.

How to Hook  A  Bali Vest

Materials Used

Bali Yarn  200 gms

Stitches used

Chain – ch

Single Crochet – sc

double crochet – dc

slip stitch – ss

Pattern

This Pattern is hooked in three panels – The Back, and two Front panels – Right Front and Left Front.

How to measure for a vest( My Way…:-D )

I measured a top of mine, one that opens in the front( where the front portion is in two panels right and left)…….I worked the back first. Measure the back width of your blouse and the length that you want of the vest, and then hooked in the req chains to that length. Then measure, the right panel and hook in the req chains to that measurement…do the same with the left panel.

Pls Note That This Pattern Has Not Been Tested

We will begin by working the back portion of the vest.

Back:

Row 1: 

Chain 130 plus 3 chain up.

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Row 2

3 ch sc in 6th chain form hook;  3 chain skip 2 ch;  dc in next chain, 3 ch, dc in same ch…..a “V” stitch is created.

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*3 ch skip 2 chain sc in next ch 3ch ; 1 dc 3ch 1dc in same ch*

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Continue with ** until end of row. End row with one dc and then 3 ch up.

Row 3

3 chain,  Skip  2 chain, “V” Stitch in loop of “V” stitch of previous row.

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  *3 chain, Skip 2 chain, “V” Stitch in loop of “V” stitch of previous row*…………..Repeat until end of the row.

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Row 4

*3 ch  sc in 3 chain of previous row, 3 chain;”V” stitch in “V” stitch of previous row*…..DSC_7589DSC_7593

Repeat ** until end of row. end with one dc and 3 ch up.

Row 5 to Row 66

Repeat Row 3 and Row 4 alternatively.

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Row 67 

Repeat row 4

Sculpting the back Neck

Row 68

Begin with row 3 until you work 6 ‘V’ stitches; 3 ch one sc in the 3ch loop and then ss into the previous row until you pass 9 ‘V’ stitches.  Then 3ch, continue as in Row 3.

Row 69

Repeat row 4 until one shoulder is finished. Cut off thread repeat the same for the other shoulder…thus creating a square neck for the back.

Create a dc edging all around the back portion by hooking in dcs.

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How to Crochet A Square

HOW TO CROCHET A SQUARE

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Granny Squares …….one of crochet’s most loved and much worked on motif. There are zillions of patterns out there. The happy part about a GSq ( granny square) is that you can make it as easy or as complicated as you like. If you are in the mood for a challenge…..there are patterns that will give you a run for your money. On the other hand, if it’s comfort hooking that you are looking for….there are such naive and innocent patterns as the one below.

Versatility….thy name is GSq….or so the legend goes……:-) Jokes apart…you can make almost anything with GSqs. Garments – jackets, sweaters, boleros, vests, baby dresses,shorts, pants anything really. You can make accessories like belts, shoes, bags, jewellery, etc.. You can yarn bomb your home with GSqs in the form of Rugs, bedspreads, Afghans, Blankets, lamp shades, baskets, boxes table covers, Runners, anything and everything……the list of the things you can make with this motif is endless.

One of the simplest GSqs to make is the pattern below. I call it the ‘ Abracadabra Square’ and  made the tutorial to help interested ppl, read a simple crochet chart…..

Here is a photo tutorial link to make this Granny Square:

http:/https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/how-to-read-a-crochet-pattern-1/

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Here are a few things you can make with this simple pattern….All the charts and patterns are from the internet

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Some Ideas on how to use GSqs…

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HOW TO JOIN GRANNY SQUARES

http://www.knotyournanascrochet.com/2013/04/10-different-ways-to-join-granny-squares.html

This is a Granny Square Vest I did….For the tutorial just follow the link below:

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https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=904&action=edit

This GSq..is a closed pattern …very useful for Afghans and blankets….anything that you want to make which will keep the heat in.

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Some more patterns from the Internet:

 BAGS :

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GSq Afghans:

 

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A Granny Square Scarf

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Some Motif Patterns:

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Links to GSq Pattterns:

Pattern for a Rose Afghan/Blanket/Bedspread:

http://cypresstextiles.net/2014/06/03/rose-granny-square-free-pattern/

Mini Basket:

http://www.thislittlestreet.com/blog/2014/06/19/diy-mini-granny-square-crochet-baskets-guest-post-by-victoria-from-vika-moka/#_a5y_p=1857907

Cushion Covers:

The link below does not give you the pattern but this blogger has worked up a beautiful sunburst GSq into a cushion cover….I just love her use of colours. The link to the GSq is given in the second link…use the 2nd link to make a lovely cushion cover made in the first link….does that sound complicated…:-(

http://dada4you.blogspot.ae/2013/12/daisy-granny-square-pillow.html

The link to the Granny Square..Sun Burst…..

http://purplechaircrochet.blogspot.ae/2012/08/sunburst-granny-square-free.html

The below link is in German…but the motif is the same as for the cushion above….so not so hard to work it out….

http://petitefee-kinderaccessoires.blogspot.nl/2013/01/haakpatroon-granny-square.html

GSq Shoe:

http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet/Multi-Color-Granny-Slippers-from-Bernat

http://ortsov.com/granny-square-crochet-slippers/

Owl Baby Blanket:

http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/11/owl-granny-square-crochet-pattern.html

 

This is a GSq BedSpread that I did around 4 years ago…it starts out as a circle and then you work in the corners to abracadabra it into a square…..Magical!!!! Unfortunately…copyright restrictions prevent me form sharing the pattern with you here…

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So There You Are……Feeling Energised…….The magic in You already??? Of course it is…..don’t waste a minute …..get that yarn out and let’s go Bibbetty Bobbetty Boo….Swinging that Magical Hook All The Way…..:-D!!!

How to crochet a Tunic Top

HOW TO CROCHET A TUNIC TOP

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Crochet Chronicles:

You know how it is……sometimes you finish a project and then search and search to find the next one that will absolutely inspire you? Well….I go through that every time, I finish with one…and then feel so bereft…..what do I do next….It was in one of those searches that I came across this top…but it didn’t have a pattern to go with it….so after googling endlessly….I asked my pals in Passionate Abt Crochet….if they could help me out…and Lo Behold!!…I find that there is an entire group of 3000 and more members dedicated to making the top….the group is headed by the wonderful Linda Augustsson who has put the pattern together and explained the whole thing in a manner that makes it very easy to work on….I of course tweaked the original pattern a little here and there…to suit my age and figure…and am really very happy with the end result…it is a beautiful design….My Namasakar to the brilliant and talented designer who came up with the design.

As I said before, there is a group exclusively devoted to making this Tunic…..I suggest that you join this group. Here is the link to that group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/LetsMakeATunic/ The group has more charts and lots of chats where doubts are explained.

Materials:

Those of you who follow my blog must know by now that I love to mix different kinds of yarn and thread together. I used Bali Yarn, Mercerised Thread and Bamboo yarn in different shades of pink and mauve.

Bali Yarn: 200gms

Omega(Coats) #10: 50 gms(approx)

Bamboo Yarn: 30 gms(approx)

Total: 280gms….I would advice you to keep 300 gms in hand.

I am a size 12(UK) so you will need to reducer increase the amount of yarn/thread that you will need accordingly.

Here is the pattern, as downloaded form the net……

This top is worked form the centre….Like this

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So the chart you see below is one end of the pattern that goes around. the gap in the centre is the neck. You start with 288 chains.

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This is the other end of the chart. The chart doesn’t show all the stitches that go around but it is easy to figure it out.

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Here is a diagram of the finished top…this is the shape you will get once you are done…Then you need to fold it into half, and  join the two sides.

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This is the centre of the pattern, it is here that you begin the pattern.

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Written Pattern ( Please note that the written portion has not been tested)

1st Row:  Chain(ch) in 288….Here what you are doing is making the neckline. That is how this tunic is worked you work from the neck and work it outwards. Make a slip stitch joining the last chain to the first chain…thus forming a circle. While making the slip stitch(ss)…be careful not to twist the chain…all the chains should be face up.

2nd Row:   Chain in 6 chains skip 2 chains. Hook in a single crochet(sc). Ch 3, skip 2 ch, one double crochet(dc) in the next chain.; skip 2 ch;3 ch; sc in next ch.

*Chain 3, skip 2 chains, dc in next chain; 3ch; skip 2chs; sc in next ch.* Repeat 21 times…23 in total.

3ch; skip 2 ch; dc in next ch; 5 ch; dc in same ch as the last dc ch; 5 chs ; dc in same ch as the last two chains;  then hook in **  23 in all. End with a ss.

3 rd row:

5 ch up; skip 2 sc of previous row; 1 sc in next sc from previous row.

Skip 2 ch; 1dc ;skip 2 sc of previous row; 1 sc in next sc from previous row;

continue until you reach a corner….

then 1dc in corner ch; 5ch; 1dc in same ch as previous dc;

2ch;Skip 2 ch; 1dc ;skip 2 sc of previous row; 1 sc in next sc from previous row;continue until you reach the next corner . Repeat until the round is finished.

ss in 3rd ch on the beginning 3ch.

4th Row: 

one chain up; sc in every previous stitch all around. When you reach a corner..you make 1sc; 1ch; 1sc….should be made in each corner. Then ss.

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Row 5:

Chain 6 up; *sk 2ch; sc in dc;3ch; sk 2ch; dc in dc;* Work ** except at each corner.

 In each of the 4 Corners: 3 ch into 5 ch loop: sc then 3ch, 1dc, 3 ch, sc, 3ch,dc;

To End the row: ss into 3rd ch on the beginning 3ch.

Row 6:

Chain 8; #sk 3ch, sc 3ch# ; then dc in dc; *5 ch, sk ## dc in dc*; Work ** except at each corner.

In each of the 4 Corners:  5 ch,  dc in dc , 5ch, dc in dc 5 ch

To End the row:  ss in 3rd chain on beginning 8 chain.

Row 7:

1 ch up; 4 sc in each 5ch loop all around except corners.

In each of the 4 Corners: 5 sc in 5 ch loop

To End the row: ss in 1st sc.

Row 8:

3ch up; 3dc in same starting chain (that is 4dc in the beginning sc). Sk 5 scs; 4 dc in next sc; 4 ch sk 4 scs; *4 dcs in next sc, sk 4dcs, 4dc in the 5th sc*.Work ** except at each corner.

In each of the 4 Corners: 5ch, 1dc into 3rd sc in the 5 sc corner of the previous row. then 5ch.

To End the row: ss into the 3rd ch of beginning ch.

Row 9:

3 ch up, 3dc in the same sc; *4ch, 4dc in 4th dc of previous 4dc;  4ch, sc in the last ch of the previous 4 chain loop, then sc in sc, and sc in the first chain of previous 4 chain loop.;4 dc in first dc of previous 4dc*. Work ** except at each corner.

In each of the 4 Corners:  4ch, sc in the last ch of 5ch loop; sc in dc, sc in first ch of next 5ch loop, 4ch

To End the row: ss into the 3rd ch of beginning ch.

Row 10:

3 ch up, 3 dc in same 3ch of previous row; 4 ch, sc in 4 ch loop; 4 ch,  4 dc in next 4th dc of previous row; 2ch, sc in the middle sc of previous row, 2ch; 4dc in the first dc of the 4dc (of previous row)

In each of the 4 Corners:  5 ch, sc in middle sc 5 ch

To End the row: ss into the 3rd ch of beginning ch.

Row 11: 

3 ch up, 3 dc in same 3ch of previous row; *4 ch, sc in 4 ch loop; 5ch, sc in next 4 chain loop; 4 ch ; 4 dc in last dc of previous row 4 dc; 4 dc in 4 dc of previous row.* Work ** except at each corner.

In each of the 4 Corners:      7 ch,4 dc in 4 dc of previous row,4 dc in  the next 4 dc of previous row. (Stretch the 4dc stitches|, so that it doesn’t cause a crinkle in the corners or loosely crochet those 2 4dc stitches that make that corner) ; 7ch .

To End the row: ss into the 3rd ch of beginning ch.

Row 12:

3ch, dc into next dc;* 4 ch ,sc in 4ch loop, 5 ch, sc in 5 ch loop, 5ch, sc in 4 ch loop, 4 ch ; 3 dc tog(together) in the joining dcs below( first dc in last dc of previous 4dc, the next 2 dcs in the next 2 dcs of  next the 4 dc of the two dcs of previous row.)* Work ** except at each corner.

In each of the 4 Corners:    5ch, 4dc in first dc of the second 4 dc of previous row, 5 ch.

To End the row: End with 3 chain, dc into last dc of 4th dc  of previous row…

ss into the 3rd ch of beginning ch. Row 13: ss into the first ch of previous 4 ch loop. sc in the same loop, * 5ch sc int next loop 5 ch sc in next loop*. Work ** except at each corner. In each of the 4 Corners: 5 ch, 2 treble crochet (tr) in the 2nd and 3rd dc of previous row, 5 chain sc in 7 ch loop. To End the row:  2ch and then one dc into the first sc. The dc here is to centre the beginning of the next row. Row 14: 1 ch up , sc in dc loop, *4 ch sc in 5ch loop, 4ch*. Work ** except at each corner.  In each of the 4 Corners: 4ch, 1 tr in 2nd tr of previous row, 4 ch To End the row: ss into first beginning ch. Row 15: 1 ch up, sc in sc; 3sc in 4 ch loop; *sc in sc, 4 sc in  4ch loop, sc in sc*. Work ** except at each corner. In each of the 4 Corners: 4 ch, sc in treble, 4ch. To End the row:  ss in first ch. Row 16: Repeat Row 4. Row 17: Repeat Row 5 Row 18: Repeat Row 6 Row 19: Repeat Row 7 Row 20: Repeat Row 6 but work the corners like this 5ch 1 dc into middle sc , 5 ch Row 21: 3ch up, 2 dc in the same dc to form a pop corn stitch, ; *5ch  3 dc popcorn in dc, 5 ch*.Work ** except at each corner. In each of the 4 Corners:   5ch 1 popcorn in dc 3 ch…..repeat 2 more times 5 ch To End the row:  ss in first popcorn. Row 22: ch up sc in first popcorn, 5 sc in 5 ch loop sc in sc In each of the 4 Corners:  sc in popcorn, 3 ch, sc in next popcorn, 3 ch, sc in the third popcorn 5 ch. To End the row:  in first chain. Row 23: Repeat Row 6 Row 24: Repeat Row 7 Row 25: Repeat Row 18 Row 26: Repeat Row 19 Row 27: 6 chain, ss into 4th chain from hook(picot), 5 chain , *dc in dc , 3 ch picot, 5 ch*. In each of the 4 Corners: 3 chain, 3 three ch picots into dc in the corner 3 chain. To End the row:  ss in 3rd chain of first chain. And that ends the saga of the Pretty Little Tunic Top…..:-)

The neckline….I reduced the neckline by hooking single crochets all around and then joining the sc border together in the front.

Just to show you the stitches at a closer range….

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The Back……..

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I gave the pattern a bit of a contour at the waist and hips…..

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I have written out the pattern to the best of my ability….but as mentioned the written pattern  hasn’t been tested, and once or twice I have done my own thing…..when in doubt pls do refer to the chart  given above….Hope you have as much fun as I did when making this lovely top.

Take Care…and Know that you are unique and special in every way…:-)